The Master's degree in Applied Information and Data Science requires students to earn 120 credits under the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). At Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, a credit generally equals 30 hours of coursework, which includes attending classes, studying individually, writing term papers and taking exams.
The first semester includes introductory courses on the important basic principles of applied data science, such as computer science, Python, statistics and experimental design. Students without a documented background in these areas must complete the respective preparatory modules, which count as part of the coursework.
In principle, students must complete the required modules for their field; however, exemptions may be granted for those who can document having completed such coursework previously.
Core elective modules
Students must choose a certain number of core electives from a prescribed set of topics. These modules then enable them to create an individual profile.
By completing the Master’s Thesis, students demonstrate their ability to manage a real-life data project by doing thorough research and meeting high professional standards. The programme encourages and supports students in working closely with industry partners, and the Master's Thesis (incl. preliminary study) therefore is an integral part of the programme.